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After spring break, baseball teams focus on region races

Previewing each team’s chances to secure a playoff berth

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NORTH FULTON, FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — After the majority of local baseball teams played in tournaments over spring break or played non-region games at home, their focus now returns to securing region titles as region play picks up again this week.

Region 7-AAAAAA:
Pope (20-3, 10-1)
Northview (20-3, 8-3)
Dunwoody (9-14, 6-5)
Cambridge (9-11, 6-5)
Alpharetta (14-9, 6-5)
Johns Creek (12-10, 5-6)
North Atlanta (8-15, 3-7)
Chattahoochee (9-14-1, 2-8)
Centennial (10-12, 2-8)

Northview

  • Where they stand: The Titans dropped their first two region games to Alpharetta and Cambridge, but have since won eight of nine region games to improve to 8-3 in region. The Titans are averaging 6.6 runs per game this year and behind the stout pitching of Colton McDaniel, Avery Thomas and Matthew Pacifico, they give up an average of 2.6 runs per game.
  • Remaining region games: 5 (vs. North Atlanta, Dunwoody, Centennial, Pope and Chattahoochee)
  • To win region championship: Northview will need Pope to drop at least two of its final games, including against Northview on April 19, for the Titans to have a chance. If Northview wins out and Pope only loses its game to Northview, the lower amount of runs surrendered in the teams’ two games will determine the winner (Pope won 5-0 in the teams’ first game).

Cambridge

  • Where they stand: The Bears have won four of their past five region games, including a 4-2 win over previously undefeated Pope on March 30, putting them in position to contend for a playoff spot in their first year in Class 6A.
  • Remaining region games: 5 (vs. Dunwoody, Chattahoochee, Centennial, Alpharetta and North Atlanta)
  • To secure playoff berth: Cambridge lost to Dunwoody earlier this season but beat Alpharetta, making for a three-way tie for third in the region. That makes it anyone’s gameto secure one of the four playoff spots available from the region. With three wins in their final five games, including over Dunwoody and Alpharetta, the Bears will clinch a playoff berth.

Alpharetta

  • Where they stand: After winning five of its first six region games, Alpharetta has struggled of late. The Raiders have lost four of their last five games in a tough stretch of opponents that included Northview, Cambridge and Dunwoody. 
  • Region games remaining: 5 (vs. Pope, Chattahoochee, North Atlanta, Cambridge and Johns Creek). 
  • To secure playoff berth: With multiple teams vying for the third and fourth seed from the region, there are too many variable to list, but Alpharetta can certainly help its chances by beating Cambridge on April 19 to hold the tiebreaker. Alpharetta can also secure the tiebreaker over Johns Creek with a win in the teams’ April 21 game.

Johns Creek

  • Where they stand: Johns Creek was sitting pretty before dropping three games between March 27-30. The Gladiators fell to North Atlanta, Cambridge and Northview by one run in each game, putting their hopes of a playoff spot in jeopardy.
  • Region games remaining: 5 (vs. Pope, Dunwoody, Chattahoochee, Centennial and Alpharetta)
  • To secure playoff berth: Johns Creek will likely need to win at least four of its five remaining region games, including a win against Alpharetta on April 21 which would give the Gladiators the tiebreaker over Alpharetta for a potential playoff spot. 

Region 4-AAAAAAA
Lassiter (18-6, 7-2)
Walton (20-4, 7-2)
Woodstock (15-10, 4-5)
Roswell (13-9, 3-6)
Cherokee (8-19, 3-6)
Etowah (14-10, 3-6)

Roswell

  • Where they stand: In a talent-rich region, Roswell faces a tough road to the reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014. The Hornets opened up region play against the defending Class 6A state champions Walton, dropping all three games of the series. After downing Etowah 2-1 in a three-game series, Roswell fell in another series to Woodstock. 
  • Region games remaining: 5 (vs. Cherokee, Cherokee, Lassiter, Lassiter, Lassier)
  • To clinch playoff spot: There are lots of variables for the Hornets, but if they can sweep Cherokee in the two-game series and get at least one win against region-leading Lassiter, the Hornets stand a good chance of making the playoffs. 


Region 5-AAAAAAA
Lambert (13-11, 7-2)
Milton (15-8, 6-3)
South Forsyth (14-9, 5-4)
West Forsyth (11-12, 4-5)
Forsyth Central (14-11, 4-5)
North Forsyth (9-15, 1-8)

Lambert

  • Where they stand: The Longhorns are seeking their fourth region title in five years and enter the final region games of the season with a one game lead over Milton in the talent-rich Region 5-AAAAAAA. Five of Lambert’s last seven region games have been decided by under three runs. 
  • Region games remaining: 6 (vs. North Forsyth, North Forsyth, Milton, South Forsyth, South Forsyth and Forsyth Central)
  • To clinch region championship: Lambert and Milton will decide the winner of their series on April 14. With four wins, including over Milton, Lambert will secure the title. 


Milton

  • Where they stand: Milton led the region standings before dropping two games to South Forsyth before spring break, forcing the Eagles to now chase Lambert for the region title. 
  • Region games remaining: 6 (vs. Forsyth Central, Forsyth Central, Lambert, North Forsyth, North Forsyth and West Forsyth. 
  • To clinch region championship: If Milton can win out, they will still need Lambert to drop three region games to clinch the title. 

South Forsyth

  • Where they stand: It has been a back-and-forth season for South so far in region play. The team has gone 3-3 in its past six region games, each win followed by a loss. The War Eagles’ bats have helped them to clinch a few close games. South is averaging 5.4 runs per game. 
  • Region games remaining: 6 (vs. West Forsyth, West Forsyth, Forsyth Central, Lambert, Lambert, North Forsyth)
  • To clinch region championship: If South can win its two games against Lambert, and if Milton loses at least two of its final games, South will still have a chance at the region title. 

West Forsyth

  • Where they stand: West dropped its series, 1-2, against Lambert before spring break dropping the Wolverines to under .500 in region play. 
  • Region games remaining: 6 (vs. South Forsyth, South Forsyth, North Forsyth, Forsyth Central, Forsyth Central and Milton)
  • To clinch playoff berth: Every game is crucial for the Wolverines as they do not currently hold a tiebreaker over any team. West will need to beat Forsyth Central and North Forsyth to earn the tiebreakers over those teams and will need to win at least three of their final six games to ensure a playoff spot. 

Forsyth Central

  • Where they stand: The Bulldogs swept North Forsyth in three games to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot where they will be hoping to make a return to the playoffs after missing out last season. 
  • Region games remaining: 6 (vs. Milton, Milton, South Forsyth, West Forsyth, West Forsyth and Lambert)
  • To clinch playoff berth: Forsyth Central has a tough road ahead, facing the top four teams in the region in its final six games. Included in that span are two games against West and one game against South that could decide the final of the four playoff spots earned in the region. 

North Forsyth

  • Where they stand: It’s been a tough year for the Raiders in region play with North victorious in just one of its nine games so far, a 3-1 win over West on March 22. 
  • Region games remaining: 6 (vs. Lambert, Lambert, West Forsyth, Milton, Milton, South Forsyth)
  • To clinch playoff berth: North will have to aim to win out, have West lose three or more games and for Forsyth Central to lose at least four games. 

Region 6-A sub-region A
King’s Ridge (15-5, 10-1)
Mt. Paran (15-7, 7-4)
Mount Pisgah (9-10, 7-5)
Fellowship Christian (13-9, 5-6)
Whitefield Academy (12-7, 5-7)
St. Francis (8-17, 5-7)
Walker (7-12, 4-7)
Pinecrest Academy (9-11, 3-9)

King’s Ridge

  • Where they stand: King’s Ridge has locked up the sub-region title with three games remaining. Since their first sub-region loss of the season to Mt. Paran on March 14, the Tigers have reeled off six straight wins. 
  • Sub-region games remaining: 2 (vs. Mount Pisgah, Mount Pisgah)
  • To clinch region championship: The Tigers’ have already secured the sub-region title as they hold the tiebreaker over Mt. Paran, the only team who could match their record. King’s Ridge will play region crossover games next week, and the region title game. They will likely face Gordon Lee of sub-region B. Gordon Lee beat the Tigers 7-6 on a walk-off on March 31. 

Mount Pisgah

  • Where they stand: The Patriots sit third in the sub-region standings but will face some of the top teams in the sub-region in their final stretch before region crossover games. WHAT THEY DID AGAINST FCS 
  • Sub-region games remaining: 2 (vs. King’s Ridge, King’s Ridge)
  • To clinch playoff spot: In the April 4 power ratings, the Patriots were ranked No. 20. With 24 teams making the playoffs, Mount Pisgah will likely need a few wins either against King’s Ridge or in the region crossover games. 

Fellowship Christian

  • Where they stand: It’s been back-and-forth for Fellowship in region play as the Paladins as every game Fellowship has won against sub-region opponents has been followed by a loss. Fellowship is averaging five runs per game this season. 
  • Sub-region games remaining: 3 (vs. Whitefield Academy, Whitefield Academy, Mt. Paran)
  • To clinch playoff spot: Ranked No. 22 in the April 4 power rating, Fellowship will likely need multiple wins in the sub-region and region crossover games to secure a playoff spot. Fellowship has not made the playoffs since the 2012 season. 

St. Francis

  • Where they stand: The season started out ominously for the Knights as they went 1-9 to open the season against a tough non-region schedule. Since then, the Knights have gone .500.
  • Sub-region games remaining: 2 (vs. Pinecrest Academy, Pinecrest Academy)
  • To clinch playoff spot: After spending much of the year at the bottom of the power ratings, St. Francis’ recent wins put them at 27th in the April 4 power ratings, three spots behind the bubble. Depending on the results of other teams on the bubble, the Knights may need to win out to have a chance of being in the top-24 later this month. 

Pinecrest Academy

  • Where they stand: Pinecrest will be seeking its second winning season in the last 10 years in the final stretch. At 3-9 in region play, Pinecrest can only hope to finish mid-pack in the sub-region standings. 
  • Sub-region games remaining: 2 (vs. St. Francis, St. Francis)
  • To clinch playoff spot: Despite their sub-.500 record, Pinecrest has beaten the non-region opponents of Galloway and Mt. Vernon Presbyterian and Landmark Christian which has them ranked on the bubble spot, No. 24, in the April 4 power ratings. Being on the bubble means Pinecrest will likely need a few wins to secure a playoff spot.

Region 7-AAAA
Blessed Trinity (21-3, 6-0)
Marist (12-11, 6-0)
West Hall (11-10, 3-6)
Chestatee (9-15, 2-7)
White County (3-17, 1-5)

Blessed Trinity

  • Where they stand: BT has become one of the most consistently formidable team in the state, and even with a new class and new region this year, the Titans are continuing to win. 
  • The Titans haven’t lost to an in-state opponent in over a month and have opened up region play undefeated. BT is outscoring opponents by an average of five runs per game. 
  • Region games remaining: 6 (vs. Marist, Marist, Marist, West Hall, West Hall, West Hall)
    To clinch region championship: Seeking its sixth straight region title, Blessed Trinity is currently tied atop to the standings with Marist, a 12-time state champion.
    The teams will face off in a three-game series this week with the winner in a commanding position to take the title.
    If BT can sweep Marist and win at least one game against West Hall, BT will be assured the region title.


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